There was heartbreak for the U.S. women's ice hockey team as Canada snatched a dramatic 3-2 victory in extra time of the Olympic final at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Thursday.
The Americans were on course to avenge their final defeat to Canada four years ago after Meghan Duggan opened the scoring midway through the second period, and Alex Carpenter doubled the advantage two minutes into the third.
But the defending champions refused to give up and were rewarded for their persistence with a goal from Brianne Jenner with three and a half minutes of normal time remaining.
The Canadians threw caution to the wind and pulled off goaltender Shannon Szabados, but had a lucky escape when a long-distance U.S. effort bounced safely off the post -- and Marie-Philip Poulin stole in for a last-gasp equalizer with just 55 seconds left to send the match into overtime.
Poulin then popped up with the golden goal in the ninth extra minute to seal an incredible comeback and Canada's fourth straight Olympic gold in women's ice hockey.
In the bronze playoff match, Switzerland beat Sweden 4-3.
Sweden had also been leading 2-0 in their match but the Swiss rallied in the third to claim a first ever Olympic women's hockey medal -- the winner coming courtesy of 15-year-old Alina Muller.
Elsewhere on Day 13 in Sochi, the French claimed an historic first and there was ice dance drama as five other gold medals were decided.
Kim denied gold
Adelina Sotnikova skated into Olympic history at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday as she claimed Russia's historic first women's Olympic figure skating gold.
The 17-year-old's victory was controversial though after judges awarded her the evening's best score despite an error in her routine.
"I smashed my season's best. In fact, I smashed my highest score for my whole career and I did it at the Olympics. I didn't think I could skate like I did today," Sotnikova said.
"I found something totally different in myself today. I had a bit of nerves before I skated but just before I started I was completely calm. I just felt how much I love to skate. I think I found a new me."
Defending champion Kim Yu-Na from South Korea produced an error-free performance but had to settle for silver after leading the standings following Wednesday's short program.
Italy's Carolina Kostner, who also put in a flawless routine, took the bronze.
"I just have faith that the judges made the right decision," said Kostner, the 2012 world champion.
Sotnikova's gold was Russia's third in the ice skating after Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the pairs in the opening week following glory in the team competition.
Bowman remembers Burke
Up in the mountain cluster, Maddie Bowman took gold for the U.S. in the freestyle skiing halfpipe competition.
The 20-year-old Californian's winning score of 89.00 was too good for France's Marie Martinod, whose second run score of 85.40 meant she had to settle for silver.
Japan's Ayana Onozuka took bronze with a second run score of 83.20 to keep reigning world champion Virginie Faivre from Switzerland off the podium in fourth place.
Afterwards, Bowman dedicated her victory to the late Sarah Burke -- the Canadian freestyle skier who died in a training accident at Park City in Utah in 2012.
"Gosh, it means so much for us to be able to show the world what our sport is, what we do and what we are," Bowman said.
"I think we're here to make our parents proud, our friends proud and especially Sarah Burke proud, because she is here with us.
"I think her lasting legacy is just to go out, ski as hard as you can, love what you do and love life. Sarah did that.